Erstwhile presidential candidate Herman Cain may be out of the race, but he's promising to stick around and play a role in conservative politics. Cain has established himself as decidedly anti-establishment in a way that's proving popular with the conservative base, a niche occupied by the likes of Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and anyone who can truly lay claim to the tea party mantle. He's unpolished, authentic and angry, and that's just the way conservatives like it.
The first big decision he has to make: Which one of his former rivals to endorse. With his typical humble understatement, Cain promised to take the process seriously: "I am in the process of making that evaluation. Remember, as a businessman, I don't shoot from the lip. And so, I have some discussions that I am going to have with several of the candidates and we've got have to see how far apart we are," Cain said on Fox News Channel's Hannity show last night.
It was the "I don't shoot from the lip" part of that sentiment that left us thinking: In fact, that's exactly what Cain does. As he told my colleague Tim Alberta back in February, he doesn't use notes, he doesn't use a TelePrompTer; Cain is the ultimate example of an unscripted politician.